Housed in Gdańsk’s medieval Foregate building (once home to the Prison Tower and Torture Chamber), this multi-story exhibit delves extensively into the history of Baltic amber. The impressive collection of “inclusions” (when bugs or plants are caught inside the amber) is intriguing to look at, and the many amber creations, from inkwells to spoons to a stunning Fender Stratocaster guitar, shows the material’s diversity. A large open room at the top of the building houses an impressive array of modern amber jewellery that appears more artistic than wearable.

Many find the separate exhibits on the building’s past as a torture chamber uncomfortable – and considering the piped-in soundtrack of pained cries, we understand why – but they are a must-see, if for no other reason to find out what “thumb screwing” and a “heretic’s fork” are. Many of the exhibit rooms throughout the ancient building are small and cramped, and if you happen to visit on the same day as a school group it’s a nightmare.



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Lili Sanyk (5 months ago)
Absolutely magical ultra-modern museum And all this in the building of the Old City Mill! Many interactive installations, creative areas for children, educational films. Solid passion for design and concept ? ? ?
Görkem Benzer (6 months ago)
Free enter on Mondays. The building has been beautifully restored and renovated. What amber is and how it emerged is well explained with pictures and videos. I would recommend a nice museum for kids and adults.
Karthik (6 months ago)
Amber being the main attraction in Gdansk, amber museum obviously is one of must visit place. Museum is maintained very well and has a rich or elegant look. There are lot of artifacts in display made of amber like chess board, guitar etc. It's free of charge on Mondays and recommended to visit then as not big crowd is there. Also, it doesn't take too much time to cover.
Mikko Inkinen (8 months ago)
If you like amber this is a good place to visit. If you are not super into amber, as a museum it is not particularly interesting. A well presented display which focuses mostly on showing all the pieces of amber they have. The top floor is the best one with some beautiful items made from amber. Good place to visit but you will not regret if you missed this.
Asha Akierman (8 months ago)
Worth seeing. Very interesting. And beautiful. The only downside I would say its not the exhibition but how the walls and floors look really shiny and it does make you dizzy, and makes you question each step you take.
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